One week after arguably being the reason the Chicago Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers, Bears head coach Marc Trestman may have been the reason why the team lost to the Detroit Lions this past Sunday.
Trestman is facing the music after the Bears loss to the Lions on Sunday. After showing no signs of injury in the first half of the Bears game on Sunday, quarterback Jay Cutler was playing hurt during the second half. Eventually, it became blatantly clear that Cutler was not able to make some of the plays that Bears have become accustom to Cutler making. Despite that inability, Trestman continued to keep Cutler in the game despite the continued struggles due to an ankle injury suffered in the second half.
For Trestman, the decision not to take Cutler out of the game illustrates the trust that the Bears head coach has in his starting quarterback.
“I didn’t want to take him out unless he felt he couldn’t do the job,” Trestman said. “He had, I thought a very courageous performance throughout.”-Marc Trestman, CSN Chicago
There is difference between courageous and not being able to do the job. That is what Trestman needs to realize. No one was criticizing Cutler for wanting to stay in the game, after all, no player wants to leave the game because of an injury. But the facts, are simple. An injured Cutler was not getting the job done for the Bears offense in the second half.
Cutler was eventually taken out of the game when the Bears needed to run the 2-minute offense late in the fourth quarter. This was decision that was made not by Trestman but by Cutler. The reasoning was because Cutler would have been unable to make the necessary movement that the 2-minute offense requires.
Trestman is the head coach of this football team. It is not on the player to take himself out of the game. The decision to take Cutler out of the game should have been made in the third quarter by the head coach when it was clear that Cutler was playing injured.
But before we bury Trestman, lets not forget that Trestman is still a first-year head coach in the NFL. Meaning if something is to be taken away from the Bears loss against the Lions, it’s likely that Trestman–who is one of the most intelligent head coaches in the NFL–will have learned from mistake and it won’t be repeated.